Day: February 4, 2016

The Launch of “Colours of Refuge”

The Launch of “Colours of Refuge”

Colours of Refuge, an anthology dedicated to the cause of Refugees was launchedA on 28 January 2016 at Civil Services Officers Institute, New Delhi amidst luminaries from the field of photography, poetry and arts. The event was graced by luminaries such as Padamshree Raghu Rai, the doyen of photography as Chief guest, Mr William Tall, UNHCR Head of Mission in India and Maldives, celebrated Urdu poet and lyricist Farhat Shazad  and renown Hindi poet Dr Sita Sagar as Guests of honour.

This is the third anthology in less than a year by Poets, Artists Unplugged, a diverse and dynamic poetry group on Facebook that comprises of poets and artists from all over the globe, sharing a common penchant and vibe called ‘expression’ through poetry, prose, art and/or photography.
In synch with the mission of the group Poets, Artists Unplugged to offer the medium of poetry and arts for uplifting the human spirit against the violent world of today, displaced and homeless refugees are among the most in need of shelter. This germinated the idea of looking beyond conflict zones and the suffering to the myriad shades of refuge and the Group administrators decided that they must contribute to the cause of refuge. An open submission call was given for works that employ the aesthetics of poetry, short stories, art and photographs to attempt mitigating human hardships and offer healings to the suffering. All poems, artworks and photographs in this anthology were meticulously selected to array the colours of refuge.

Colours of Refuge was born as a bi-lingual (Hindi & English) International Anthology featuring Poems, Short Stories, Nano Fiction(55ers), Art and Photographs of budding and established poets, writers,  artists  and photographers from all over the world coming together for this noble cause of demanding refuge for all humans irrespective of regional borders, races, genders, faiths and also age. The Colours of Refuge offers a rare kaleidoscope of hope in the form of upholding, the basic human dignity of refuge. This anthology bears testimony to the fact that not only has social media opened up new vistas for both budding and seasoned poets and artists, it also offers great reassurance that even in this hectic selfish modern age high-tech living, Poets, Writers, Artists, Photographers and even the publisher can join hands for an altruist cause.
The anthology features works of some celebrated masters such as Jayanta Mahapatra, the Grandfather of Indian English Poetry and Padamshree Raghu Rai, the doyen of photography, Naseer Ahmed Nasir, Pakistan and Farhat Shazad, Pakistan-USA, both acclaimed Urdu poets. Poets, Artists Unplugged is also proud to have many seasoned poets and artists from all over the world contributing to their cause. Moreover, in line with the mission of promoting new poets and artists, Colours of Refuge also features fourteen new poets and some artists whose works had not been published in print before.
Poets, Artists Unplugged endeavours to launch not just a book but a positive response and embrace on the subject of refugees.  To this end, the administrators Sakina and Monica Oswal have already managed to collect contributions of Rs One Hundred Thousand), all of which will be donated to the UNHCR.
The Chief Editor Lt. Col. Shyam Sunder Sharma, Shaurya Chakra (Retd) wanted to focus on evoking the element of hope and development amidst its grim realities to offer reassurance and a sense of ‘home’ for those having suffered exoduses. The Editors Dr. Reena Singh (Hindi), Sheikha A. (English), Sakina Shikari (Visual Arts) along with the help of the co-editors Shivali Dhaka (Hindi) and Dr. Evelyn R. Gaikwad (English) followed through by ensuring that the primary focus reflected in the book, overall, consisting of insightful contributions by both established and emerging writers/artists from different countries, cultures, ethnicities and language backgrounds.
The warmly received event included a thought provoking art and photo exhibition and an Open Mic Poetry session on the same theme. Dr Jatinder Singh Bhogal organised the art and photo exhibition, which included masterpieces photographs of Raghu Rai. There was a wonderful blending in of other art forms with Sonali Sharma giving a scintillating performance on a poem of Farhat Shahzad recited by Dr Jatinder Singh Bhogal and Geetika and her sister treated the audience with a beautiful self composed song especially penned by the sisters on the theme. Pinakini Naik, the Group administrator in USA gave out a noteworthy presentation on the Group’s mission and the dream and journey of Colours of Refuge.                   
Parveen Sethi and Shivali Dhaka conducted the Open Mic session, which had participation from contributing poets, including some who travelled from long distances on a working day. Dr Reena Singh conducted the proceeding on the stage with remarkable finesse. Monica Oswal and Rajat conducted the felicitations and the book launch ceremony. Mr William Tall was so taken in by the aura and atmosphere at the event that he sat through the entire programme.

Warm your hearts with an indulgent menu at the Plaza Premium Loungethis Valentine’s Day

Warm your hearts with an indulgent menu at the Plaza Premium Loungethis Valentine’s Day

Romance is in the air, there is no better opportunity to spoil yourself or your loved ones than on Valentine’s Day. The ingenious team of chefs at Plaza Premium Lounge has prepared a range of romantic surprises for the plate infused with sensual guilty pleasures to make the day even more special.

The exciting menu has great options of fresh healthy salads such as Barbecued Pasta salad, Ripe Tomatoes, Feta Cheese and Basil leaves salad, Cucumber and Pomegranate salad which are perfect Valentine’s Day indulgence. Other highlights on the menu include Sicilian Chicken served with Sausages, Cherry Tomatoes and Olives, Malai Murgh Dum Biryani whose aroma fills the atmosphere and Cottage Cheese Hearts and Cherry Tomatoes Coulis.

Sweets are undoubtedly traditional for Valentine’s Day, you can try the perfect Banoffee Pie, which will instantly melt, in your mouth, the refreshing Strawberry French Hearts or our old time favourite Gaajar Ka Halwa. There are also yummy assorted Macaroons for the Macaroons lovers.

Apart from the delicious food, one can simply relax and unwind at the bar, which serves interesting cocktails and mocktails, or indulge in a relaxing massage treatment for a complete pampering. So if you are travelling with someone special, what could be more perfect than the Plaza Premium Lounge to show your loved ones you care?

What: Valentine’s Day Special Menu
Where: Plaza Premium Lounge at Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad Airports
When: 13th and 14th February , 2016
Price: Lounge access starts at Rs.1200 plus taxes
*This promotion is limited to select lounges across Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad Airports.
For more information, please contact:
Harmandeep Singh| 9899666674 | [email protected]

Linda Duo I 8527994422 I [email protected]
High on style & design, Videocon Mobile Phones to add a wow factor to affordable smart devices

High on style & design, Videocon Mobile Phones to add a wow factor to affordable smart devices

The company launches innovatively crafted smartphone Videocon Z45 Dazzle with stunning marble finish at a budget-friendly price of Rs. 4,899/-
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As India is moving forward to become the number one smartphone market in the world; the consumer’s decision is changing the whole mobile phone eco-system. With the brand legacy of Videocon group and it’s in depth consumer understanding, Videocon Mobile Phones has identified style and design as one of the major pull factors to enhance the usage of smartphones by masses. To cater to this huge demand of design-oriented smartphones, the company is coming up with new range of smartphones and has launched Videocon Z45 Dazzle with stunning marble finish. 

The new portfolio of smartphones is high on style and design attuned to new-age consumer needs. The young mobile brand is offering flagship designs at affordable cost to empower the aspiring users with affordable smartphone technology. Designed for aesthetic perfection, Videocon Z45 Dazzle suits well the consumers who demand affordable yet cutting-edge smartphone experience. Packed with Latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS, the device is powered by 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor and 1 GB RAM, enabling the device with fast speed and enduring functioning at a budget-friendly price of Rs. 4,899/-

Key features – Videocon Z45 Dazzle
·     4.5-inch FWVGA IPS Capacitive Touch Screen
·     Android OS –  4.4.2 KitKat
·     1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
·     1GB RAM; 8GB ROM (upto32GB)
·     5MP Auto Focus Rear camera & 2 MP Front Camera
·     1600 mAh battery
·     Video Calling
·     HSPA+ upto 21mbps* download
·     G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor
·     V-Safe & V-Secure apps
Z45 Dazzle features 5MP Auto-focus rear camera to snap pictures and click clear selfies with 2MP front camera. Powered by 1600 mAh battery, the smartphone offers an extended on-the-go connectivity on 3G network and loads of entertainment on 4.5-inch IPS Capacitive Touch Screen to watch video and internet content.
The smartphones supports 8GB (upto 32GB) internal memory and comes with reliable network and utility features including Dual SIM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, Radio, G-sensor and proximity sensors. The smartphone comes encased in marble finish casings, enabling the consumers to stand out in the crowd.
Priced affordably, the smartphone is currently available in market across all the online and offline stories.
Mr. Jerold Pereira, CEO, Videocon Mobile Phones says,” The newly launched Z45 Dazzle is a perfect combination of innovation and style at an affordable pricing. It is one of the best value for money smartphones to add a style quotient to new-age consumers who are aspiring for design, innovation and technology. We will continue to bring the latest software innovation in Indian market at cost-effective pricing. Our products are manufactured indigenously and the design and technology that we are offering is unmatched at this price range.”
About Videocon Mobile Phones
Part of a billion dollar global conglomerate; Videocon Group commands its name with the trust of its associates, clients and customers and delights them with its innovative products. Videocon Mobile Phones Division steered by ideas, and led by innovation has a wide range of mobile devices from multi-media feature phones to high-end Android-based smartphones and tablets.

Intending to capture the market with a range of contemporary, high-quality, affordable smart devices, Videocon Mobile Phones Division is one of the fastest growing mobile handset companies, with one of the largest service network across the country.
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